7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2012 1:17 AM by Botnik
Todd Boward Level 1 (15 points)

Downloaded movie to rent on MBP. Tried to transfer to iPad, but getting error message "You are not authorized to view this content on this computer." Deauthorized the MBP and then reauthorized it, still getting same message.


Any ideas?



  • TooDarkPark Level 4 (1,585 points)

    Rental movies are only playable on the computer or device they are rented on and can not be transfered to another device as you are finding out.

    You would have to rent the movie again to play it on the other computer.

  • bheywow Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually that's not true - Ive been rening movies for years on my macbook and then transfering them to my ipad. Recently this is not working. I'm guessing the newest itunes broke something.

  • bheywow Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually it just started working, I'm guessing something on Apples servers was down.

  • bheywow Level 1 (0 points)

    Looks like they are having issues again - this is very irritating.

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 (5,760 points)

    The disagreement in this thread is interesting.


    I'm wondering if it could be country related, due to the different copying rules defined by iTunes. Could there by any chance be a difference in Country ownership going on with the device? Maybe you're on a border, or the region settings are changing through another means.

  • RV8ter Level 1 (0 points)

    Then why does iTunes allow you to "move" the rental from to the iPad?  After what appears to be a successful "move" the message appears that the device has to be authorized.  I think the problem has to do with the verification on the Apple store side since you have to be connected to the Internet to do the move.

  • Botnik Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been renting movies on my MBP and a previous MBP for years, and have always been able to transfer the rentals to an iPhone.  I always rent on the MBP and not the iPhone.  However due to a NEW authorisation problem recently I have not been able to play these movies through the Apple TV (V2) like I have been doing.  Others on the Internet have also started having this problem.  I have to resort to airplaying the movie from the MBP over to the Apple TV, which is a royal pain.  What's the point of having all this gear in the family room when I have to get up and go to the office and start the movie playing from there?!  Anyway, also recently I have not been able to move rented movies to the iPhone.  I have tried recursively chmodding the Shared folder as described here




    and it didn't help.


    So now, if we go on a long road trip or flight, we can't bring the rented movies on an iPhone/iPad.  This is a big problem.  No I am not going to bring the laptop on the trip.  The iTunes library is on an external disk on the LAN anyway.


    Re the country comments, I'm in Canada.